Website Evaluation 2007

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Website Evaluation 2007

  1. 1. Evaluating Websites Frances Michaels School Librarian Prince William County Virginia October, 2007 with credit also to: Kennetta Russ, NBCT and Beth Jespersen, Loudon County Virginia
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ searching the Web is </li></ul><ul><li>easy– finding what </li></ul><ul><li>you’re looking for is the </li></ul><ul><li>hard part.” </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Sherman </li></ul>Think about it…
  3. 3. “ I found it on the INTERNET -- it MUST be TRUE !” Bogus Websites: or Why Evaluate Internet Sources?
  4. 4. Website: ???????????? “ The United States Civil War.” www.idiotica.com/encyclopedia/content/civilwar.htm
  5. 5. Can you spot problems with the text?
  6. 6. Protect yourself from misinformation! Always EVALUATE sources -- and double check facts!
  7. 7. Use the five W’s to evaluate. <ul><li>Who is responsible for the site? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the purpose of the site? </li></ul><ul><li>When was the page created and last updated? </li></ul><ul><li>Where can you verify the information? </li></ul><ul><li>Why would you use or not use this site for research? </li></ul>
  8. 8. http:// zapatopi.net/treeoctopus / <ul><li>If you search Google for “octopus” </li></ul><ul><li>you will find this website. </li></ul>
  9. 9. How to get better search results with Google - <ul><li>add the word “site:” </li></ul><ul><li>(with colon) </li></ul><ul><li>followed by the domain you want to search </li></ul><ul><li>add .edu (usually reliable) </li></ul><ul><li>add .gov (usually reliable) </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Giant Octopus Web Page The Giant Octopus Web Page
  11. 11. Octopus’ Garden website
  12. 12. Now you try it… <ul><li>Use the five W’s to evaluate two websites </li></ul><ul><li>One will be a “bogus” website (links provided) </li></ul><ul><li>One will be a reliable website you find </li></ul>

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